SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – It’s been nearly three years since Savannah hosted its St. Patrick’s Day parade. Known as one of the largest in the U.S., the parade draws tens of thousands to the Hostess City to experience marching bands, decorated floats and green beer.

With the past two parades canceled due to the pandemic, Savannah is in luck this year. The city council has approved the parade permit to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee making it official.

“Ladies and gentleman, through the work of a whole bunch of people, through the perseverance of our community, through being ‘Savannah Strong,’ our numbers are so much better than they were before,” said Mayor Van Johnson. “And as promised, we’re back.”

The committee has released the following plans for this year’s celebration — ceremonies and the big parade on March 17 included. Keep reading for all of the details.

Grand Marshal Public Investiture

  • Sunday, March 6, at 2:45 p.m.
  • Georgia Southern Armstrong Center (11935 Abercorn St.)
  • Formal investiture of the parade grand marshal and introduction of his family and aides.

Honoring of Deceased Grand Marshal

  • Thursday, March 10, at 4 p.m.
  • The Catholic Cemetery (1720 Wheaton St. – Lot J, 24, #1)
  • Honoring the grand marshal who would be celebrating his 50th anniversary. This year, the committee will be honoring the 1972 grand marshal, Francis Patrick Rossiter Sr.
Greening of the Fountain
File photo, WSAV

Greening of the Fountain

  • Friday, March 11, at 4 p.m.
  • Forsyth Park Fountain
  • Family-friendly ceremony to celebrate the greening of the water in the city’s fountains.

Celtic Cross Mass

  • Sunday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Cathedral Bascilica of St. John the Baptist (222 E Harris St.)
  • Mass honoring the Irish immigrants who settled in the U.S. and Savannah, specifically.

Celtic Cross Ceremony

  • Sunday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Parade through Old Fort area
  • Following mass, Irish families and organizations will walk to the site of the Celtic Cross Monument in Emmet Park on Bay Street.

Celtic Cross Reception

  • Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Morris Center (10 E Broad St.)
  • A ticketed reception with friends, family and community members. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee office for $30 or at the door for $35.

Sgt. William Jasper Green Parade

  • Wednesday, March 16, at 4 p.m.
  • Parade route on Bull to Madison Square
  • The grand marshal and military bands will lead a parade to the site of the Sgt. William Jasper Green ceremony in Madison Square
File photo, WSAV

Sgt. William Jasper Green Ceremony

  • Wednesday, March 16, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Madison Square
  • Formal ceremony honoring Sgt. William Jasper Green and all military with or without Irish decent.

Feast Day Mass of St. Patrick

  • Thursday, March 17, at 8 a.m.
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist (222 E Harris St.)
  • Daily mass celebrating the feast day of St. Patrick.

St. Patrick Day Parade

  • Thursday, March 17, at 10:15 a.m.
  • Parade route
  • The parade steps off at the intersection of Abercorn and Gwinnett streets, ending at the reviewing stand on Bull and Liberty streets.